A group of big game hunters witnessed a horrific scene Friday after one of their own became a victim in a sudden twist of events.
The U.K. Telegraph reported that Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a hunting group at a game reserve in Zimbabwe when the group disturbed a group of four breeding elephants, according to a spokesman from Zimbabwe’s national parks, Simukai Nyasha. News24 reported that the hunter accidentally led group into the middle of the breeding herd near Hwange National Park.
Three of the female elephants charged the group and Botha shot at them.
A fourth elephant charged at Botha from the side and picked him up with its trunk, according to The Telegraph’s translation of Afrikaans news outlet Netwerk24.
After a hunter in the group shot the elephant, it collapsed, falling on Botha and killing him.
Botha’s body was taken to Hwange Colliery Hospital mortuary on Saturday, The Telegraph reported.
Botha, who specialized in hunting leopards and lions, was from the northern Limpopo province in South Africa.
He left behind a wife, Carike, and five children. News 24 reported that Carike traveled to Zimbabwe on Monday to take her husband’s body back to South Africa. She was not immediately available for comment.
The Telegraph reported Botha was a respected houndsman and often led group safaris with dog packs. His company’s website, Game Hounds Safaris, claimed the hunter pioneered traditional “Monteria hunts” in South Africa.
He reportedly often traveled to the United States seeking clients who wanted to take part in his trophy hunting expeditions.
Botha’s death is the second such occurance in recent months. Last month Scott Van Zyl was reportedly eaten by a crocodile during a hunt in Zimbabwe.
Hunting such huge beasts is a dangerous endeavor, and unfortunately Botha’s adventurous lifestyle ended in tragedy.
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